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Top Christmas markets in Hertfordshire

PUBLISHED: 10:03 04 October 2017

St Albans Christmas Market will be back for another year (photo: Richard Gillin, Flickr, http://bit.ly/2y0AaVq)

St Albans Christmas Market will be back for another year (photo: Richard Gillin, Flickr, http://bit.ly/2y0AaVq)

Richard Gillin

Christmas isn’t complete without a trip to a festive fair. From German-style food stalls to vintage fetes, Hertfordshire’s Christmas markets have it all

1. St Albans Christmas Market

Saturday 25th November to Saturday 23rd December

Nearly 50 wooden chalets will be lined up in the historical cathedral quarter in St Albans this year for the fifth annual Christmas market. Expect stalls overflowing with gifts, clothes, decorations and plenty of festive food. Every hour during the market’s opening hours, carol singers will augment the yuletide atmosphere with Christmassy songs.

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2. Hatfield House Frost Fair

Thursday 16th to Sunday 19th November

There’s a lot of seasonal fun to be had at the Hatfield House Frost Fair, coming back to the stately home for another year. Over 200 stands will feature gifts, crafts, tempting food and drink – to be enjoyed with a cup of mulled wine in hand. Festive entertainment will come in the form of choirs, dancing and a visit by Father Christmas himself. You can even try your hand making Christmas decorations with the drop in workshops. Book tickets online.

3. Harpenden Christmas Carnival and Farmers Market

Saturday 26th November

The Harpenden Farmer’s Market will be filled with festive delights for the November instalment, coinciding with the Christmas Carnival. Expect the carnival procession, stalls piled with gifts, food and crafts, fairground rides and much more. The town’s lights will be turned on by the mayor at 5pm.

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4. Redbourn Christmas Market

Sunday 3rd December

Last year was the biggest so far for the Redbourn Christmas Market, with over 100 sellers offering gifts, toys, jewellery, books, food and drink and everything in between. There will also be lots of entertainment including choirs singing carols and the Yule raffle as well as tempting food stalls and a very special visit from Father Christmas, whose grotto you can visit on the high street. Keep an eye on the website for a full list of events.

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5. Knebworth Christmas Fair

Friday 10th to Sunday 12th November

Taking place at the magnificent Knebworth House is the Knebworth Christmas Fair. There will be over 200 stalls in the grounds, marquees and barns of the stately house selling a plethora of gifts alongside lots of food and drink stalls to keep you energised as you search for that special present. Kids will love the reindeer that will accompany Santa Claus in his grotto. Tickets are £5 and includes a visit to the grotto for kids.

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6. Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre

Saturday 2nd December

The streets of this market town will be bustling with festivities again for the Bishop’s Stortford Christmas Fayre. There will be Christmas songs performed by local bands and choirs as a festive backdrop to the fayre. Expect homemade decorations, food hampers and more. You can even pick up your Christmas tree!

7. St Albans Mistletoe Fair

Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th November

Taking place at the Hertfordshire Showground in St Albans, the Mistletoe Fair will return for its second innings at this location. Wandering around, you are sure to find gifts, decorations and festive food to fill you with Christmas spirit. This year will feature a marquee with a vintage tea room inside to enjoy tea and cake to refuel before browsing some more.

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8. Harpenden Circle Christmas Gift Fair

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th November

Organised and run by the town’s Ladies Circle, the Harpenden Circle Christmas Gift Fair will return to the Public Halls with over 50 stalls to peruse. Local artists and craftspeople will be showcasing a wide range of high quality gifts and products to the sound of carols. The fair will be in aid of two charities: Mind in Mid Herts and West Herts Hospitals Charity.

9. Hertford Christmas Gala

Friday 24th November

Hertford Christmas Gala is back again and will feature market stalls, a stage of entertainment, live reindeer, rides for the kids, a Santa’s grotto and lots more. The town’s illuminations will also be turned on to coincide with the Gala that is sure to attract lots of eager Christmas shoppers.

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